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June 13, 2007
Brookfield Power Joins Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament in
Efforts to Support and Enhance Fishery
The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament Series announced today that Brookfield Power, the power generating and marketing entity of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., has joined the 2007 tournament as a major supporter.
The lakewide event, which is hosted by the tourism offices of Niagara, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne counties, has enjoyed the support of professional and amateur anglers across the lake and a great many private sector partners.
Speaking on behalf of the lakewide tournament committee, David Turner, Oswego site chairman, thanked Brookfield and noted that their support would be particularly beneficial to the Lake Ontario fishery.
“The tournament has always used part of its proceeds to support the ‘pen-stocking’ programs along the lake,” Turner said, “but Brookfield’s support will help us even further. The company believes in environmental stewardship and when they recognized the value added by the net pen programs, they asked that half of their donation be directed straight to that effort.”
Jon Elmer, Brookfield’s General Manager for the Lake Ontario region, said, “We were very happy to be able to assist this effort as it fits nicely with our commitment to protect the environment by maintaining a healthy balance between business and nature.”
“Net-pen rearing is a process where fingerlings are introduced to the lake over a period of time by first placing them in sheltered pens that are tended by volunteers,” explained Turner. “When the fish have become acclimated and have grown slightly beyond the fingerling stage, they are brought out into the lake and released.”
“The net-pen process has proven to dramatically increase the survivability of the fish in the stocking programs,” added Bill Hilts Jr., Outdoor Sports Specialist for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. “Net-pen projects have also simultaneously built many beneficial relationships between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the various stakeholders along the lake.”
The series of tournaments began May 26 and 27 in Orleans County and was followed by Niagara County’s competition on June 2 and 3. Oswego County’s tournament will be held July 7 and 8, and the Wayne County tournament one week later, July 14 and 15.
Mike Waterhouse, Sportfishing Coordinator for Orleans County, joined the group for the announcement. “The pen projects along the southern shore of Lake Ontario are the biggest projects taken on by fishing organizations and private fishermen in the history of the trout and salmon fishery that I am aware of,” said Waterhouse. “Brookfield and their predecessors have been great supporters of our tremendous fishery along Oak Orchard Creek, and we are very pleased that their support now extends to the pen projects as well.”
Oswego-based charter captain Greg Gehrig added that, “The net pen projects, from their inception, are probably one of the most important factors as to why the Lake Ontario sportfishery has retained its world-class fishing status. These individual projects are all manned by volunteers and supported solely by donations from individuals and organizations interested in preserving and enhancing the fishery.”
Brookfield Power has developed and successfully operated hydroelectric power facilities for almost 100 years. Brookfield Power’s portfolio comprises almost 3,800 megawatts of capacity and includes 140 hydroelectric power generating stations and 1 pumped storage facility located on 50 river systems, one wind farm, two thermal plants and transmission and distribution assets, principally in the northeastern North America and South America.
The company owns and operates more than 70 hydroelectric generating facilities in New York State that turn the power of moving water into electricity. Many were built more than a half-century ago on some of the most beautiful and remote bodies of water in New York. In an effort to share the magnificent resources in their care, the company has established more than 70 sites for public use that offer countless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
For information on Brookfield Power recreational sites, visit www.brookfieldpower.com.
For information and entry forms for the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament series, visit www.lakeontarioproam.com.
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